Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy
It is my belief that the arts integrate discovery and exploration more than most fields. In the arts classroom, students are exposed to a variety of materials and engage in hands-on learning. Developing craftsmanship through effort and persistence and discovering the value and joy of handmade objects are skills that I feel are invaluable and help students build and deepen creative problem solving and critical thinking skills that influence the way they experience the world. My goal as an art educator is to form a positive learning environment in which students develop a sense of community that will allow them to feel safe when asking questions, risk-taking and exploring their self-identity.
A teacher should be organized, flexible, and inquisitive, able to provide clear and frequent feedback and have a sense of humor. I aim to foster student's personal growth by sharing my passion and mastery of the subjects. I care intensely about finding opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning, particularly looking for links between art and science.
I believe an effective and engaging teacher views learning as an ever-evolving process, possesses a genuine love of children and shares in the discovery and exploration with the students. I believe it is important to learn about my students' interests in order to develop engaging lessons that promote success and nurture a love of learning. As an educator, I strive to find a balance between providing choice, and giving enough structure so that students develop skills and learn techniques that will deepen their ability to experiment, find success in their work and appreciate beauty in the world around them.